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cotton, metal, paint
(a) 42.5 cm (centre back) 38.0 cm (width) (bodice) (b) 106.0 cm (centre back) 26.0 cm (waist, flat) (skirt) (c) 25.5 × 176.8 × 1.0 cm (sash) (d) 13.0 cm (height) 49.0 cm (circumference) (headpiece) (e) 24.0 × 48.0 cm (fan)
Accession Number
International Fashion and Textiles
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased through The Art Foundation of Victoria with the assistance of David Syme & Co. Limited, Fellow, 1977
Gallery location
Not on display

This charming fancy-dress costume was purchased from a private collector in 1974 as part of a larger group of nineteenth-century garments and accessories. At the time of acquisition, this information was recorded:

This dress was worn to a fancy dress ball at Mena House, Cairo, in 1907 by a Miss Geddes. The dress is accompanied by three photographs of the owner wearing it and a cutting from the Egyptian Gazette of February 20th 1907 describing the ball.

Today the newspaper clipping is lost and this photograph bears the handwritten annotation: ‘1907, under the orange blossom, Bloemfontein (South Africa)’.

—text from Fashion Detective (May 2014)